Where do you get your ingredients from?
The Pacific Northwest is abundant in plants that I use in my medicine, but I obviously cannot forage them all myself! Additionally, foraging etiquette is important to follow, and if everyone started foraging from our wild places, we would be in trouble. That being said, what I cannot harvest on my own, I purchase from places that focus on organic, ethical harvesting practices. This goes for the essential oils I use, as well.
How did you get into herbalism?
I like to say that the root of my interest in herbalism is from Free Willy, when Uncle Luke collected plants from the woods and chanted as he made medicine in a mortar & pestle to save the killer whale! The truth is, I've always felt connected to the plants, "weeds", & trees around me. I remember being a little girl and ruining books by collecting "weeds" and rocks and trying to save them all. More recently, as I studied permaculture, forest gardening, and sustainability education, I kept being drawn back to working with herbs. So now, this is what I do! I consider the practice of herbalism to be a holistic act of resistance- against many corrupt aspects of our society. I wrote my entire graduate school thesis about how starting Roots & Crowns has helped me reclaim the ecological-spiritual roots of my Jewish heritage.
I'm interested in getting into herbalism and learning more about plant medicine, what do you recommend?
This is a question I get ALL the time. Unfortunately I don't have much advice beyond a resounding "yes! do it! follow your nose and gut to teachers/books/plants that call out to you!" I don't have particular recommendations for herbalism schools or programs, but there is a wealth of material and resources out there. Herbalism teachers/authors I love include Matthew Wood, 7Song, Paul Bergner, Elise Krohn, and obviously Rosemary Gladstar. They all have books and/or websites! Basically start reading, explore programs near you and trust your instincts about who feels like a good match for a teacher for you! Also, Milla of The Woman Who Married a Bear has a wonderful blog post with a whole list of books that she recommends. It might be helpful to you!
Where can we purchase items if we live in Portland?
I am happy to offer free shipping for orders that desire local pickup. Local Pickup is offered at Beam & Anchor (ONLY!) on Mondays from 11-6.
Additionally here are some local shops that carry my work:
Beam & Anchor